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dwardmba 03-18-2013 10:12 AM

South Cherokee National Forest was smoking on Sunday
And I do mean smoking - I felt like Jeffrey.

Anyhow, I don't count after the first one so I'd guess I ended up with about a dozen. All on hare's ears - first half dozen or so on a beadhead and the other half on a parachute. Switched from the nymph to the dry when I started seeing fish rising to the hatch. Not that large of a hatch but the fish aren't that large so it seemed fair. Largest would have been about 9" and the smallest is below.

I do have to note that for the first time in my life every trout I caught was large enough to be a keeper.


Rockyraccoon 03-18-2013 05:17 PM

Pretty fish man.

I was floating the Hiwassee on Sunday and the smoke was super thick until noon when the wind shifted. I had my radio tuned to police and emergency but never heard what was on fire or where. Any clue?

dwardmba 03-18-2013 05:49 PM

The FS was doing some controlled burns south of the skyway.

The whole operation looked well managed. They even had flashing road signs warning motorists about a half mile before the area being worked. When I pulled off to take a picture of the smoke I wasn't there two minutes before a FS employee showed up to offer a brief on what was going.


2weightfavorite 03-21-2013 08:06 AM

I read in a paper that there was a big brush fire in Tellico...30 cabins got damaged or ruined by the guessing that might be the cause of the smoke... of course, the paper was vague, and I am in florida, but it was first page news...

flyman01 03-21-2013 09:18 AM

I heard and read about the fire in Pigeon Forge burning acres of land and destroying cabins, but nothing around Tellic Plains. I cannot find anything on-line validating a fire in Tellico, anyone else have any information on that?

dwardmba 03-21-2013 05:13 PM

I think the FL paper might be confused. I was in the area this weekend and the only fire / smoke I saw was the controlled burns being conducted by the FS.


2weightfavorite 03-21-2013 09:04 PM

I could totally be wrong.. that is the downside to reading news 500 miles away...

Streamhound 03-22-2013 10:35 AM

not sure the smoke would have made it over but there was a good size fire in P. Forge around 3/17-18

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